Family, Friends & Fellow Officers Remember...

Police Officer Thomas F. Rose

Boston Police Department, Massachusetts

End of Watch Friday, February 19, 1993

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Reflections for Police Officer Thomas F. Rose

I’m a sister-in-blue from Los Angeles. On a visit to BPD on Sudbury Street, I looked up and saw the posted memorial street sign in your honor. I took a picture. I came across the nearby garden dedicated to Homicide victims. I sat and researched your story. You are clearly loved by those you left behind and you are still remembered, even by those you never knew. RIP.

Homicide Detective
LAPD

September 24, 2019

Never forgotten. My mom speaks of her nephew often. RIP and blessings to my Rose family forever. I ran today with you in my thoughts and prayers.

L (cavanaugh) Kelly
Cousin

May 27, 2018

Never forgotten...

Deputy Tina L. Holtz (Retired)
Chautauqua County Sheriff's Office

February 19, 2018

Thinking of this American hero on the anniversary of his line of duty death. I live in South Boston and I support our law enforcement Officers. Here is a great quote from our mayor. "I am proud of being the Mayor of the City of Boston and I am proud to be a strong supporter of our police department. I love the men and women of the Boston Police Department." - Martin Joseph Walsh 54th Mayor of Boston. Thank you for your proven dedication to our nation. Your loss will always be a tremendous loss for this nation.

Former Protective Security Officer (PSO) for Region 1 U.S. Department of Homeland Security Federal Protective Service Police, Pete Harrington BostonMA

February 19, 2016

I met Tom once when I asked him directions to Newbury Comics. In just that one short minute of conversation, I knew he was a nice guy the minute he started talking. My heart sank when I saw his picture on tv and what had happened to him. I'm deeply sorry for the family and friends. Its sort of a ripple effect to people that hardly knew him, like myself.

Retired Officer David Watson
Endicott College

May 9, 2015

IN HONORE CASORUM
The promise... Always honored, never forgotten.

Sgt. T. J. Jones
Greater Cleveland Transit Police Department, Ohio

February 19, 2015

Yesterday I met the wonderful and courageous family of Officer Tom Rose. I am so honored to be part of the group that helped bring a piece of justice to this remarkable family.

Assistant Attorney General Bethany Mackt
Rhode Island Department of Attorney Genera

June 25, 2011

I had the honor to meet Thomas Rose's family today. I wish we could have done more and hope that of our efforts helped you feel more comfortable.

My thoughts and prayers are sincere and I hope that todays proceeding adds a little closure to your loss.

The presence of BPD was absolutely awesome and reminds all of us of why we do what we do!! I imagine Sgt. Rose smiled as he saw his family and brother/sister officers were there to assure this Convicted Killer one thing...... This Law Enforcement Family is simply invinceable.

RIP Sgt Rose.

Lt. Jason Allaire
RI Division of Sheriffs

June 24, 2011

I only had my father for a short part of my life, but remember him very vividly and miss him incredibly to this day. It is an honor to be the daughter of such an amazing, honorable and courageous man. My father would be celebrating his 61st birthday on the 17th of this month, I just wish I could have witnessed him as an old man enjoying the company of his amazing family. I love you Dad.

Allyson rose
Daughter

June 14, 2011

Rest In Peace Patrolman Rose. Thank you for the Ultimate Sacrifice you made while serving and protecting the citizens of the City of Boston. You will not be forgotten.

Dispatcher
Boston Police Department

February 20, 2011

Remembering the ultimate sacrifice made by Boston Police Officer Thomas F. Rose 18 years ago today. Your have not been forgotten many guys still speak highly of you. Rest Easy.

John B2
BPD

February 19, 2011

A great man left to secure a safe path for the rest of us to follow 18 years ago. Thank you to you, your family and the Boston Police Department. Rest in Peace Brother.

Chief Steve Marshall
Washington, NH. Police Department

February 19, 2011

Never forgotten brave warrior brother. Not even all the way down here in Aust.
With sincere respect.
GodBless

Senior Constable
South Australia Police

August 5, 2010

It is so hard to stop the anger!

Anonymous

August 2, 2010

The murderer of Officer Rose, Muhammad Terrell, was just arrested for ADW on 2 Cranston, RI Police Officers as well as eluding police after a high speed pursuit that originated from a traffic stop in Cranston, RI on July 30th.

Why this piece of trash is even walking the streets after the senseless murder of a police officer in a police station is beyond me. Hopefully he spends some serious time in jail for his recent crimes.

CONTINUE TO REST IN PEACE OFFICER ROSE. YOU ARE GONE, BUT NOT FORGOTTEN.

Anonymous

July 31, 2010

Ptl. Rose, As I go over all the names and circumstances of those who have given their lives for the sake of others, I cannot get over how many there have been since I started my own career back in 1980. What’s odd is, despite my lousy memory of late, each memorial page I read, it’s like I’m reading the events on the day they occurred; as if it’s the newspaper from that day and it all comes back. I never worked with you and I doubt I ever even met you, but I do recall the pain that swept the Boston Police Department and affected every cop in greater Boston when you were murdered. I also recall the outrage when the man who did it was found guilty of a lesser charge. Its women and men like you who set the bar high for everyone else and each of us tries to live up to that standard. I thank you.
God Bless and may you continue to Rest in Peace, Brother.

Ptl. Jim Leahy, Jr.
Harvard University Police Dept.

June 11, 2010

To the family and loved ones of Officer Thomas Rose:

I wanted to honor and remember Thomas today. Although I never had the privilege of meeting him, I feel as if I know him through the loving reflections. His valor and courage will never be forgotten.

I am so sorry that Thomas was robbed of his life, but through his heroism and the profound sense of duty with which he lived his life, he made an immeasurable difference. May his spirit continue to soar and may his memory continue to inspire.

To his family, I am so sorry for your loss and know that your life was forever changed by the death of your beloved. I know that he is forever in your hearts. I wish for you that you are able to live the hopes and dreams he has for your life.

This reflection is sent with the utmost respect for the dedicated service Thomas gave to his community and the citizens of Massachusetts, and for the supreme sacrifice he and his family made on February 19, 1993.

Phyllis L. Loya, mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

Phyllis Loya
mother of fallen officer Larry Lasater

February 19, 2010

TOMMY,
YOU WERE MORE THAN MY BEST FRIEND- YOU WERE CLOSER THAN A BROTHER TO ME-I THINK OF YOU EVERYDAY, AND MISS YOU SO MUCH- I WISH I WAS THERE TO HAVE YOUR BACK, AS WE ALWAYS WAS AS KIDS. I STILL LAUGH AS I THINK OF ALL THE FUN WE HAD TOGETHER- AND I TEAR WHEN I THINK I CANT EVEN TALK TO YOU ANYMORE. SOMEDAY, SOME HOW, SOMEWHERE WE WILL MEET AND I PRAY WE WILL REMEMBER AND KNOW EACH OTHER AGAIN......
BERT

BERT CLINTON
BEST FRIEND FROM CHILDHOOD TO MANHOOD

September 5, 2009

Officer Rose,
On today, the 15th anniversary of your murder, I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of Boston. And to your family and loved ones, I wish to extend my deepest sympathy.

R.I.P.
Anonymous

Anonymous

February 19, 2008

YOU ARE REMEMBERED TODAY AND THANK YOU SIR FOR YOUR LONG AND DEDICATED SERVICE. YOU ARE A HERO JUST BY THE PROFESSION YOU CHOSE. GOD BLESS YOU AND ALL THOSE THAT LOVE YOU.

VANDENBERGHE
MANCHESTER, NH

February 11, 2008

"The Badge"
He starts his shift each day
To respond to calls unknown.
He drives a marked patrol car.
A police officer he is known.
He's paid by the citizens' taxes
To make it safe on the streets.
But he usually has a second job
'Cause a waitress has his salary beat.
Now he doesn't know a holiday
'Cause he works all year round.
And when Thanksgiving and Christmas finally arrive
At his home he cannot be found.
He's cursed and assaulted often,
The one whos blood runs blue.
He seldom ever gets a thanks,
To some he's just a fool.
His friends are always other cops
'Cause people just don't understand
That underneath his badge and gun,
He's just another man.
He knows there might not be a tomorrow
In this world of drugs and crime.
And he gets so mad at the court system
'Cause the crooks don't get any time.
And each day when he leaves for work,
He prays to God above.
Please bring me home after my shift
So I can see the ones I love.
But tonight he stops a speeding car,
He's alone down this ole' highway.
It's just a little traffic infraction.
He does it everyday.
Well, he walks up to the driver's window,
And his badge is shining bright.
He asked the guy for a driver's license,
When a shot rang through the night.
Yes, the bullet hit its mark,
Striking the officer in the chest.
But the Department's budget didn't buy
Each officer a bullet-proof vest.
So he lay on the ground bleeding.
His blood wasn't blue - His blood was red.
And briefly he thought of his loved ones
'Cause in a moment the officer was dead.
In the news they told the story
Of how this officer had died.
And some who listened cared less,
But those who loved him cried.
Well, they buried him in uniform
With his badge pinned on his chest.
He even had his revolver,
He died doing his best.
Written By:
David L. Bell
Sergeant
Richland County Sheriff's Department
Columbia, South Carolina
Used with Special Permission of the Author
Copyright © 1999 - All Rights Reserved
and may not be duplicated without permission

Investigator David L Bell
Richland County Sheriff's Dept., Columbia, SC

November 7, 2007

Thanks for everything you taught me. I Still have not come across a person as great as you. Ten years in your footsteps and i admire you more and more. Your incredible intelligence, toughness and heart have been passed on again to your grandson, Hayden Alexander. (and unfortunately your stubbornness) but we'll deal with it. You are missed....

Officer Thomas F. Rose, Jr.
Son

October 17, 2007

Tommy, was a pleasure working with you on those few times that we shared a call from B2 and C11 on the border of Roxbury and Dorchester, you were a cop's cop, it was an honor knowing you.

Sgt Dave Allen
BPD

July 22, 2007

Tom, you are always on my mind and in my heart.

Peggy Rose
sister

June 12, 2007

Tommy,
I miss your laugh. So many serious officers and you took it all with a grain of salt. I respected that. I respected you. A great loss to us all. May you be happy where you are and waiting for those of us who will meet you one day. God Bless.

Officer Bridget Kaskeski
Boston Police

April 14, 2007

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